New England gets cold in the winter and sometimes that discourages homeowners from putting tile in their kitchen or bathrooms. Now there’s a solution that heats tiles, and your room from the floor up. It’s called radiant floor heating.
Flooring Ideas to Make You Smile
We walk on floors every waking hour but how often do we look at them? We take them for granted until we're buying a new house or renovating our home. We've got flooring ideas to help you find the perfect flooring for each room in your house plus tips on how to take care of them so they look great for a long time.
Flooring Ideas Vary Based on Wear & Tear
Think about your current house. You probably have a mix of tile, wood and carpeting. Bathrooms almost always have floor tile which won't be damaged by water. Wood flooring is everyone's top choice but your budget might dictate that carpeting or a wood laminate will have to do. Here are just a few flooring ideas to help you start your search:
- A Simple Guide to Hard-Surface Floor Coverings
- Winter Boots & Protecting Your floors
- Smart Kitchen Flooring Choices
- Cork Flooring Pros & Cons
Maintaining Beautiful Floors
Once you have your new floors, you'll enjoy them more with these tips that will keep them looking beautiful for years.
If you're building a new house or picking new flooring in a cold climate, check out radiant floor heating.
Tile for Floors & More
Tile floors are normally found in wet areas (kitchens, bathrooms and entryways) as they stand up to water spills. Tile flooring is also good for high traffic areas because they don't scratch like wood and they're easier to deep clean than carpeting.
So where else do you find tile? Other wet areas like kitchen backsplashes for a pop of color while easy to clean from food that ... splashes up while cooking. Tile is also popular in showers and bathtubs. These projects are also smaller and great for your first tile DIY project.
Bathrooms are the smallest rooms in the house. Maybe that’s why we like to update them more often, because we think small means less money and less work? Wrong! Bathrooms might be small but they’re actually more challenging when it comes to remodeling. That’s because you have to work around all the stuff crammed into this small … Read More
Tile floors are a great investment for entryways where people enter your home. Tile floors won’t absorb water the way a carpet might and wood flooring while beautiful, reacts poorly to any water that gets into cracks or penetrates the surface. Ceramic tile is extremely durable and waterproof when sealed properly so it’s a great … Read More
After decorating and painting, installing tile is a very popular homeowner do-it-yourself project. Tile by its very nature is small and easier to maneuver than many building materials like a 4×8 sheet of plywood or 2×8 boards of lumber when building a deck. The biggest challenge when installing tile is cutting the tile, especially when … Read More
When buying area rugs, it’s tempting to jump into looking at colors and styles. But … by taking the time to consider the practical issues, you can find just the right area rugs for your lifestyle and home requirements. Before you get into design choices, it pays to consider factors such as size, materials and price … Read More
Radiant heat makes for a warm and toasty environment on cold winter days. Cammy and her husband Steve included radiant heat flooring in their extensive kitchen renovation plans. The installation process was labor intensive, but very straightforward and the results made the effort worth it. Homeowner: Cammy Nolin Project: Installing Radiant Heat Flooring Budget: $1,000 … Read More
At some time or another, you’re bound to think about replacing the flooring in one or more rooms. Hard-surface flooring is a perennial favorite for remodeling your home, as it’s easy to maintain, great for allergy sufferers, and won’t harbor dirt and germs the way carpeting can. The challenge is picking through all your flooring options. … Read More
Picking from so many hard-surface floor coverings is a real challenge. There are different materials to consider, and then you have to pick a color and pattern. Flooring is a big investment so you want to take your time and get it right, for your family and your home. It’s not only the initial cost … Read More
If you’re looking to give your home that warm, cozy feeling, hardwood floors might be the right solution for you. This single mom decided hardwood floors were key to transforming her house into a home. Armed with a project plan, a budget and a thoroughly vetted hardwood flooring contractor, she’s ready to go. Homeowner: Brenda … Read More
Cork flooring has become popular in recent years as an eco-friendly alternative in home building and remodeling. It’s been touted as sustainable, natural, and comfortable. People ask about using cork flooring, and I hear the experiences of those who choose cork flooring. So what’s the real deal on cork? Cork used for residential and commercial … Read More